Dems make faith push at convention

David Finnigan |

DENVER-Democratic Party leaders are making an aggressive push for Catholic and evangelical voters, with faith-focused ideas and leaders getting extra attention here at the Democratic National Convention. “They recognize that the Catholic piece is critical to electoral success,” said Dr. Patrick Whelan, a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School and executive director of Catholic Democrats, which […]

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Decoded diary shines new light on Methodist pioneer

Al Webb |

LONDON-A secret, coded diary kept by one of Methodism’s founding fathers for 20 years has been deciphered by an Anglican priest in Britain, illuminating historical efforts to keep Methodists in the Church of England.

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Pope expresses solidarity with Christian victims in India

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY-Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday (Aug. 27) condemned sectarian violence in India and voiced his “solidarity” with Christian victims there.

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Dalai Lama suffering from exhaustion, cancels foreign trips

Daniel Burke |

The exiled leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, is suffering from exhaustion and is canceling trips while he undergoes medical tests, his office announced Wednesday (Aug. 27).

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Pelosi counters Catholic prelates’ criticisms on abortion

Tim Murphy |

A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has struck back against criticism from prominent Catholic prelates who accused the California congresswoman of misrepresenting church teachings about abortion.

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COMMENTARY: Catholic Democrats and bishops at odds again

Phyllis Zagano |

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is clearly confused about Catholic teaching on life issues. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,”‘ Pelosi said that abortion is still an unsettled issue in the church. While the bishops try to straighten out Pelosi, who confuses medieval discussions about “ensoulment” with historical teachings on abortion, the Democrats are trying […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Head of White House faith-based office resigns (RNS) The director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives, Jay Hein, has resigned to care for his ill father. Hein, the White House office’s third director, will leave Aug. 29 and return to Indianapolis to support his father, who […]

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No contest

Francis X. Rocca |

An Italian priest who proposed a beauty pageant for nuns says it was all a big Miss Understanding.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Appeals court affirms limits on funeral protests (RNS) A federal appeals court has upheld an Ohio law that limits picketing at funerals, rejecting an appeal by Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay Kansas congregation that has held protests across the country. Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Westboro pastor Fred Phelps, argued that […]

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